• Using Evidence to Inform Advising Practices

    I recently collaborated with Peter Trumpower at Stark State College on an investigation of excess credits, and how the results could help support the critical role of advising and directing students to the correct path initially.  The uses of such analysis are twofold.  First, as we all know, changing majors can often result in taking unnecessary courses.  And, the further down the path at the time of the change, the greater the potential for students to accumulate a larger magnitude of excess credits.  The accumulation of excess credits increases costs, delays time to degree, and has implications for opportunity costs, non-retention, and delayed completion.  Directing students into the correct path initially is less expensive and...

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